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United Way of Southwestern Indiana awards over $500K in mental health grants

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – United Way of Southwestern Indiana has awarded more than $500,000 to four local nonprofits addressing mental health equity.

According to a release, the funds totaling to $568,995 were awarded as part of UWSWI’s Mental Health Pathways to Potential initiative.

This is the second round of funding for the Mental Health Pathway and included two funding tracks – direct services from a licensed mental health provider and prevention services.

Officials say the grant recipients demonstrated the ability to improve access to behavioral health supportive services or behavioral health awareness and skill-building opportunities for low-income people in Spencer, Vanderburgh, and/or Warrick Counties.

The evaluations for both direct behavioral health and prevention programming proposals were conducted by United Way’s Mental Health Expert Taskforce.

Those direct services grantees are:

  • Catholic Charities: awarded $152,440 to support a part-time, bilingual licensed social worker (LSW) for the outpatient counseling program and underwrite community language interpretation training for three staff members. These additions will increase the organization’s ability to serve Spanish-speaking clients of any.
  • United Methodist Youth Home: awarded $177,631 to expand their therapy program for at-risk youth to include those recently discharged from UMYH inpatient programs and youth in need of outpatient services to prevent court intervention.

Those prevention services grantees are:

Success Through Mentoring: awarded $88,924 to underwrite one full-time position and expand mentoring opportunities further into Spencer County. The organization connects adult mentors to kids from lower-income, underserved communities.

Youth First: awarded $150,000 to support evidence-based youth mental health prevention programs in five EVSC schools with larger low-income populations. This work addresses critical, underlying challenges that improve mental health and break cycles of poverty.

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